How to prepare Ariselu or Athirasalu?

Ariselu is a popular sweet, usually prepared on Makar Sankranti.

Arisa or Arisalu is a Dravidian Telugu word, which means rice.It is also called kajaya in Kannada. A similar sweet in Tamil Nadu called adhirasam is prepared for pujas. They are made with Rice flour and Jaggery syrup.

Anyone can make this Ariselu very easily without any experience


  • 1 kg Rice
  • 3/4 kg Jaggery (grated)
  • 2 tbsp of Sesame Seeds
  • 1 tbsp of Poppy Seeds or Gasa gasa
  • Oil to fry

Preperation of Rice flour:

  • Wash the rice and soak it for about 6 hours.
  • Drain the water completely.
  • Spread them on a cloth for a few minutes to make sure that the rice is dry.
  • Grind this to fine powder using your mixie or give to mill. The rice flour should have that texture of soft and wet feeling .
  • Sieve the rice powder if required and set aside.

Preperation of Pakam:

  • Shred the jaggery and put it in a pan.
  • Add water to the jaggery and dissolve it by boiling. 
  • When jaggery melts remove from heat and strain to remove if any dirt in the jaggery.
  • Make thick syrup of this mixture on low flame.
  • To check syrup, when you take a bit and put it in water, you should be able to make a ball of it. Now the pakkam is ready.

Directions to make Ariselu 0r Athirasalu:

  • Add rice flour to the syrup slowly and stir well.
  • Remove from fire, and add poppy seeds, sesame seeds and cardamom. Mix well.
  • Make sure that no lumps are formed to get a soft dough like a chapathi dough.
  • When the mixed flour becomes slightly cool make big lime size balls of it.
  • Now heat oil in a deep frying pan.
  • Grease a plastic sheet and put one dough ball on it and press in to a small circle.
  • Sprinkle some sesame seeds on it and drop carefully in to hot oil.
  • Turn to the other side and cook till golden brown in colour. 
  • Then remove and place this Arise in between two flat laddles and press to remove extra oil.
  • Repeat the procedure till the dough is over.
  • Ariselu is ready to eat.